31 July 2016

25 July 2016: 19 Shawal 37:Vol:7, No:122
Fed up with atrocities, 50 Dalit families in Madhya Pradesh seek CM’s permission to kill themselves
Sehore: With Dalit atrocities being reported all around the country, this incident where 50 Dalit families from Madhya Pradesh sought permission for euthanasia from CM  Shivraj Singh Chouhan would again trigger Dalit oppression related issues. Dalit families have alleged that their land has been grabbed by musclemen and goons which leave them with no other option on how to sustain their livelihood. However, district authorities deny receiving any such complaint and also exclaimed that a case in regard to the same is being heard in the court. Families, belonging to Borkhedi, Jogala, Sohankhedi and Vasudev villages in the Nasrullahganj area of Budhni, the assembly constituency of MP CM, have signed a memorandum which states that the land which was allotted to them by the govt 15 years ago have not yet been received by them which leaves them with no other means of livelihood. Land is under the possession of influential people who have threatened to eliminate them if needed. "These oppressed people are living in abject poverty as they do not have any source of income. Therefore, they have sought to end their lives," Rashtriya Dalit Chetna Manch state secretary Jaswant Singh said.NewsX
Allow Us Euthanasia, Write 50 Dalit Families In MP
Dalit men thrashed in Maharashtra allegedly by over 25 people for overtaking vehicle
Beed: 2 Dalit men have said they were beaten up allegedly by over 25 people in Maharashtra's Beed district because they overtook their motorcycles near a petrol pump.The incident took place on Friday in Savargaon village in Beed district. About 6 young Dalit men who were travelling on three motorcycles overtook the accused, who then forced them to stop and allegedly beat them up.The beating, the Dalit men claim, got worse after the accused saw pictures of Dalit rights icon Dr BR Ambedkar on their motorcycles."After spotting the photograph, they beat me with a belt. They started beating us and wanted to kill us. They took me on their bike and kept threatening us and abusing our caste," said 23-year-old Akash Waghmare, one of the victims who have filed a complaint. Police, who are yet to arrest the accused in the case, have registered a complaint against over 25 unidentified persons. "They had marks on their body that showed that they were beaten with belts. There were for four others with these two boys but since they haven't given us their statement, we don't know the full story yet. We have not caught the accused yet. A case filed under Prevention of Atrocity Act has been registered," said ASP in Majalgaon, Hari Balaji.NDTV
Dalit minor girl succumbs to injuries after 2 months of rape, torture; women’s panel raps Delhi Police, Centre
New Delhi: The 14-year-old Dalit girl, who was allegedly raped several times by her neighbour, died on Sunday.Her neighbour had allegedly forced her to drink a ‘corrosive substance, which severely damaged her internal organs.’Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) had issued notice to Delhi Police in the case. “The girl was fed a corrosive substance which completely destroyed her internal organs and she died a very painful death,” she said, adding that it was only after the Commission issued notice to the DCP (North), the accused who was roaming free was arrested.The commission shifted the girl from Lok Nayak (LNJP) Hospital to a private facility on Saturday.The girl’s uncle alleged the accused, Shiv Shankar, threatened them and abducted the girl on May 15. She was made to drink acid, he alleged.Maliwal has asked the Centre to set up a high-level ministerial committee on women safety under the leadership of home minister Rajnath Singh.The panel has sought details about the police action on the allegations of the girl’s parents. Maliwal has questioned as to why a case under the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act was not filed.The police claimed they arrested the accused thrice, but the girl turned hostile twice.Maliwal said the system had failed her.She also hit out at the home ministry for scrapping the women safety special task force. The special task force on women’s safety in Delhi was established in 2013 after the Dec.16 gangrape. On Friday, the DCW issued a notice to DCP (North) questioning the handling of the case of the Dalit minor who was allegedly kidnapped by the accused just before a hearing in her rape case, subjected to sexual assault several times and forced to drink corrosive substance.HT
Delhi Dalit minor dies after 2 months of rape, torture, DCW
Dalit Teenager, Raped Again & Again, Dies
`Police baton' used by cow vigilantes in flogging of a group of Dalits in Gujarat '
Ahmedabad: Videos of the recent stripping and flogging of a group of Dalits in Gujarat show that at least one baton used by cow protection vigilantes "resembles" the ones provided to Gujarat police for riot control. Videos of the incident reported near Una town in Gir Somnath district on July 11 had gone viral, sparking outrage nationwide, and prompting parties to point to police complicity in the brutality.Four policemen have already been suspended after seven or eight Dalits were thrashed for skinning a dead cow. The videos are being examined by Gujarat CID."One accused is clearly seen wielding the `police cane' on a group of Dalits and a middle-aged man who is pleading for mercy," said an investigator. CID crime sleuths are trying to find out how the "fibre baton" reached the accused. Senior Gujarat police officers said that the cane could be bought from stores as well.TOI
Dalit youths flogged in Gujarat: Sarpanch is key conspirator, says victim
Dalit youth dies in police ‘raid’, tension in Surat
Surat: A 25-year-old Dalit youth died under mysterious circumstances in Surat Sunday night after a “police raid”, leading to violent protests by locals in which a sub-inspector was injured. Locals claimed that the victim was in an inebriated condition when Sub-Inspector VS Patel slapped him after an argument and he fell on the road and died following an epileptic seizure. Police, however, said the Sub-Inspector had raided a gambling den and on seeing a policeman, three youths escaped, but Mahendra Makwana fell on the ground and died.Police said Makwana, a resident of Ambatalavdi area in Katargam, fell while running reportedly after he had a fit (epileptic seizure). The man was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead, they said.After “the raid”, locals gathered at the spot and attacked the sub-inspector with sticks. The policeman managed to escape.Eyewitnesses rejected the police version, saying the sub-inspector was there with a private person, and he found Makwana walking on the road and suspected him to be drunk. Following an argument with Makwana, the police officer slapped him and he fell on the road and suffered an epileptic attack, they said. Police have registered a complaint of accidental death. indianexpress
UP, Rajasthan lead in crimes on SCs
New Delhi: UP and Rajasthan lead the country in the number of crimes registered against the Scheduled Castes, official data pertaining to 2013, 2014 and 2015 show.National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) counts these States among those deserving special attention. While UP is witness to a political war of words over an expelled BJP leader’s insulting remarks on BSP leader Mayawati, it is Rajasthan that leads India in rate of crimes against Dalits.UP with 20%  of India’s Dalit population accounts for 17 %  of the crimes against them. The numbers — ranging from 7,078 to 8,946 from 2013 to 2015 — are high, but so is the population of Dalits in the State.52 to 65% of all crimes in Rajasthan have a Dalit as the victim. This despite the fact that the State’s SC (Dalit) population is just 17.8% of its total population. With 6% of India’s Dalit population, the State accounts for up to 17% of the crimes against them across India. thehindu
Dalit protest at BJP campaign meet, Buddhist monks ask BJP leaders to leave venue
Agra: In a major embarrassment for the BJP, a group of Buddhist monks, which is currently campaigning for the saffron party for the assembly polls next year, Sunday showed the door to local BJP leaders in Aligarh after a huge protest by Dalits and Jatavs whose support the group is seeking as part of its campaign.Currently in its second leg, the Dhamma Chetna Yatra by some 80 monks had reached Baudh Vihar in Naurangabad Sunday where Mayor Shakuntala Bharti was present, along with several local BJP leaders, to greet the spiritualists.As a large section of Dalits and Jatavs objected to the presence of BJP leaders, the monks promptly asked the latter to leave the premises, leaving the party red-faced.The yatra, which began from Sarnath on April 24 and was flagged off by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, is being supervised directly by the PMO. PM Narendra Modi is likely to address the yatra’s concluding ceremony on Oct.14 in Lucknow. Protesters removed the stage and the seats arranged by the local BJP unit, citing cases of atrocities on the Dalit community in Una, Ghaziabad and other places where BJP is in rule.While asking the BJP leaders to leave, the monks told them “not to do politics of votes at our spiritual campaign”.Several BJP leaders couldn’t enter the premises of Baudh Vihar as hundreds of Dalits and Jatavs,allegedly backed by BSP, announced to boycott the party. The protesters raised anti-Modi and anti-BJP slogans — “Rohith Vemula ke hatyaron wapas jao”, “Daliton ka shoshan karne waalon wapas jao”, dharma ki rajniti nahin chalegi” — and agreed to call off their demonstration “only if all the BJP leaders leave the premises”. indianexpress
Monks show door to BJP leaders after Dalits protest
Indian American council demands CBI inquiry into atrocities against Dalits, Muslims for cow protection
Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India's pluralist and tolerant ethos today joined millions of Indians and people of conscience across the world, in expressing outrage over the ongoing atrocities against Dalits and minorities by "cow protection" extremists in India. Recent violence in the state of Gujarat on July 11 triggered a wave of mass protests and suicide attempts by Dalit youth, only to be followed by more atrocities in the states of Karnataka and Maharashtra. IAMC has called for a CBI enquiry that would cover not only the recent atrocities against Dalits but also include a full investigation into the functioning of "cow protection" groups and their near total disregard for the law. IAMC said, " Violence against Dalits and minorities have intensified under the BJP-led administration, whose worldview is aligned with the ideology of upper caste Hindu supremacy, known as Hindutva. While the protests continue to spread, PM Narendra Modi is yet to make a statement, much less commit to any action."
Mayawati unfolds roadmap for Dalit-Muslim pact, to end Muslim-Yadav alliance?
Under siege until just a week ago, BSP leader Mayawati on Sunday displayed her canny ability to shock her opponents as she laid out a blueprint for building a new social alliance between Dalits and Muslims in UP. She hopes to capitalise on the explosion of anger against the attack on Dalits in Gujarat and disparaging remarks against her. Instead of directly appealing to Muslims to switch their loyalties from the ruling Samajwadi Party and throw in their lot with the BSP, Mayawati announced at a press conference at Lucknow that she would hold a series of big public meetings from next month to expose the SP's alleged connivance with the BJP.
India asks its diplomats in Pakistan to withdraw kids from local schools
New Delhi: As tension simmers between India and Pakistan over recent developments in Kashmir, India has asked its diplomats and other officials to withdraw their kids from local schools in Islamabad.Indian officials can either send their kids back to India or return themselves, official sources said."What it means is that no Indian official based in Pakistan can have his or her children living with them. Those who seek a posting in Pakistan will have to keep that in mind too," an official here told TOI. Spouses, however, can remain in Pakistan for now. There are about 50 children of Indian officials currently studying in Islamabad's American School. Indian officials did not rule out the possibility of a "tit-for-tat" response by Islamabad in the form of recall of children of Pakistan diplomats from India. timesofindia
Kashmir: Parties seek talks with Pakistan, separatists
Srinagar: While the Congress boycotted a meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, leaders of other mainstream parties who met him in Srinagar Sunday sought talks with separatists and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue.On the second day of his visit to the Valley, Singh met leaders of various political parties, chaired a high-level security meet and visited south Kashmir.A 7-member NC delegation, led by ex CM  Omar Abdullah met Singh and submitted a memorandum seeking dialogue with external and internal stakeholders. “The only issue that was discussed is the current situation in the valley,” Omar said after the meeting. “We asked for an end to excessive use of force, rethink on the use of pellet guns, some relaxation in curfew… He was positive.”The memorandum sought measures from the central and state govt s. The memorandum demanded a “sustained dialogue with Pakistan and internal stakeholders, including Hurriyat Conference”.CPM leader MY Tarigami, Democratic Party Nationalist leader Ghulam Hassan Mir and MLA Hakim Yasin also met Singh and demanded resumption of dialogue with Pakistan and separatists. indianexpress
Geelani to Swaraj: if Kashmir is yours, why not hold a referendum
Srinagar: Terming the statement of the Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj as “the arrogance of power”, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, on Sunday said that it is a “very old rhetoric based on the military power.“If she is true in her claims, why is India afraid of holding referendum in J&K ? Why are their paid local agents hiding behind the more than 10 lakh armed forces?” he asked in a statement issued here.He reiterated that Kashmir is a disputed territory and Kashmiri people have been struggling against the “Indian forced occupation” since 1947.“This fact is known to everybody, but the Indian rulers are scared to face this truth and they have become habitual of ignoring the ground realities and facts with regarding to the Kashmir,”he said.He advised the policymakers and the rulers of India to see the writing on the wall, stating, “The facts never change just by closing the eyes or ignoring the facts”.He rejected any 2-party dialogue process between India and Pakistan for solving the Kashmir issue. Kashmirreader
Geelani arrested for defying restrictions
19-yr-old injured on July 10 dies; 50 dead now
Srinagar: A 19-year-old youth wounded in Pampore town on July 10, who was on ventilator since the day, succumbed at SKIMS hospital on Sunday afternoon. Sameer Ahmad Wani, son of Bashir Ahmad Wani of Khonmoh, Pampore, was hit by a bullet in his abdomen fired by govt  forces on protesters.Official sources at SKIMS hospital said that the youth was admitted in the hospital on July 10, after he was referred from sub-district hospital Pampore. “He was on ventilator since then,” he said. 50 people have died so far. kashmirreader
Punjab’s Mann Sikh group tries to march towards Kashmir
Srinagar:Shiromani Kali Dal (Mann group) was Monday stopped by police at Lakhanpora in Jammu while marching towards Kashmir Valley to show solidarity with the people after civilian killings by the forces.Simranjit Singh Mann president of the group and his scores of supporters were marching from Punjab to the Valley.“But when we reached Lakhanpore, police did not allow us to move ahead to the Valley,” a spokesman of the group told KNS over phone.He said that the group was marching to Kashmir to show solidarity with people of Kashmir who are forcing the atrocities of the forces.He said that the group was to protest against the forces for killing about 50 civilians in the ongoing unrest. greaterkashmir
Pellets 'least-lethal' weapon, will continue to use it: CRPF
New Delhi:Paramilitary  CRPF, accused of disproportionate use of force in J&K , today expressed regret for injuries caused to youths due to firing of pellet guns in the Valley and said it would continue to use this "least-lethal" weapon but only in "extreme" situations. DG of CRPF K Durga Prasad said there was no weapon called "non-lethal" and the pellet guns, often used for crowd control in Kashmir Valley, was the "least-lethal" option available with the force.PTI
Congress member wants PM’s response to Hafiz’s war rants, chinese interference
New Delhi: A Congress member raised in Lok Sabha the issue of reported “war” rants by Hafiz Saeed and “interference” by China in the Kashmir affairs and demanded a response from PM Narendra Modi.“We are sitting in Parliament, and Hafiz and Sharif are displaying brotherhood and threatening a war and Narendra Modi is silent,” Chowdhury said. He said China has also started interfering in Kashmir matter and is adopting a rude attitude.“PM  should give a reply. Why does he not speak again China? He should make his govt’s stand clear on the issue in Parliament,” he added.PTI
India must grant Kashmir azadi from oppressive Army: Rajni Shaleen Chopra
Govt is mistaken to think Kashmir conflict will simply die down: Kamal Mitra Chenoy
Are intellectuals supporting Kashmir's cause all Pakistan-sympathisers?Gowhar Geelani
India needs a referendum more than Kashmiris do: Omair Ahmad
China warns of ‘serious consequences’ after India refuses to renew journalists’ visas 
Beijing: Taking umbrage at India’s refusal to extend visas to 3 Chinese journalists, a state-run daily on Monday warned of “serious consequences” if the matter was a fallout of Beijing’s refusal to back New Delhi’s NSG membership bid. “…speculation is swirling that India is taking revenge against China for the latter’s opposition to India joining the NSG…If New Delhi is really taking revenge due to the NSG membership issue, there will be serious consequences,” the editorial in the Global Times said.PTI
Chinese media threatens India with 'serious consequences' for expelling its journalists
India move not to renew visas of Chinese journalists a first, Beijing’s history of media expulsions 
Gujarat Riots: Gujarat HC sentences 7 guilty of killing 3 Muslims to life imprisonment
Ahmedabad:Gujarat High Court on Monday sentenced seven persons, guilty of killing 3 Muslims during 2002 post-Godhra riots, to life imprisonment. Of them, three had been acquitted by the trial court.The division bench of justices Harsha Devani and Biren Vaishnav pronounced the quantum of sentence while awarding them life imprisonment. Out of 7 accused 3 had been acquitted by a trial court in 2011 while 4 others were convicted for lesser offences such as attempt to murder, unlawful assembly, voluntarily causing hurts with sharp weapon. The division bench enhanced their sentences and found then guilty of murder among other charges.The 7 are Satabhai alias Haider Gela Bharwad, Naranbhai Samantbhai Bharwad, Udaji Ranchhodbhai Thakor, Valabhai Gelabhai Bharwad, Viththal alias Kuchiyo Moti Bharwad, Mulabhai Gelabhai Bharwad and Merabhai Gelabhai Bharwad.The bench also confirmed sentencing of two others, Bhopa Bharwad and Bachu Thakor, to life imprisonment. With this, nine of the 10 accused have been given life imprisonment in this case.The case saw several ups and downs during the trial, with crucial witnesses turning hostile. indianexpress
2002 riots: Gujarat HC hands down life imprisonment to 7
‘Sharia’ like law needed to check serious crimes against women: Raj Thackeray
Ahmednagar: Slamming the BJP-led state govt over the gangrape and murder of a minor girl here, MNS chief Raj Thackeray on July 25 said there was a need for a law like the Sharia law to check serious crimes against women and children. He said the hands and legs of those who rape and kill minors and women should be cut off.A 15-year-old girl was brutally raped and killed by three men on July 13 at Kopardi village in Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra.“Such incidents are the outcome of the collapsed law and order situation in the state and the present govt is proving itself worse than the past Congress-NCP led govt,” he said.“There is an urgent need to create the laws like Sharia (Islamic law) for controlling serious crimes against the women and the children. anti-social elements are creating a state of terror and there is a need to make the laws stringent,” he said.PTI
Himachal : 2 arrested in Israeli woman gangrape case
Manali:2 young men were arrested by the Himachal police on July 25 in connection with the alleged gangrape of a 25-year old Israeli national. After a massive hunt, the police also seized the vehicle suspected to be used in the crime.“Two youths who are suspected in the crime are identified as Akshay Rana and Pankaj and they hail from Kangra and Mandi districts respectively.We expected some formal arrests soon,” said Padam Singh, Superintendent of Police, Kullu.The break through came when police scanned the CCTV footage of the place from where the victim had taken lift on July 24 morning beside electronic surveillance of the suspects. The vehicle was intercepted near Mandi. indian express
Major terror attack averted in Pratapgarh, UP? 30 live bombs found
Lucknow: Two people have been arrested from a temple in Pratapgarh area of UP  after 30 live bombs were reportedly discovered by the police on Thursday. The arrests were made as the two had an arsenal of arms and ammunitions including the live bombs and pistols with abundant number of cartridges.The police claim to have averted the tragedy but have kept the search operations on in a bid to make sure there are other threats.Further details awaited. NewsX
Major terror attack averted? 30 live bombs recovered from temple in UP's Pratapgarh; 2 arrested: zeenews
Activist Swami Agnivesh joins JD(U)
New Delhi: Social activist Swami Agnivesh Sunday joined the JD (U) and vowed to strengthen the anti-liquor campaign launched by Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. Agnivesh, who has been fighting for issues like tribal rights and citizens’ grievances for decades, joined the party in presence of JD(U) general secretaries Arun Srivastava and Shyam Razak here. indianexpress
AAP workers booked for blocking road during protest against  MLA Amantullah arrest 
New Delhi:Several AAP workers on Sunday blocked a road in south Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh area while protesting the arrest of party’s Okhla MLA Amantullah Khan, following which a case has been registered against them for allegedly preventing the movement of an emergency vehicle, police said.Protest led to traffic jam in the area. Agitated with the agitation, a number of commuters also had heated arguments with AAP workers, they said.Police tried to convince AAP workers to lift the road block so that a car in which a patient was being taken to a hospital could pass but they continued with their protest, said a senior police officer.Following which, a case was registered against them, he added.PTI
 ‘For sale’ boards now hang outside Muslim homes in Aligarh
Aligarh: Members of the Muslim community, residing in and around the Babri Mandi area here, announced their intention to sell off their houses and shops after Hindus made the same declaration on Saturday.Muslims of Sarai Kale Khan displayed ‘for sale’ boards outside their houses, claiming that they did not feel secure in the area. They alleged that the police harassed them, labelling them as rioters.Resident Wakil Khan said, “The walls of our houses are so high that leave aside stone pelting, we cannot even see the marketplace from here. Yet, we have been made accused by the police. The real condition of the bajaria (market) is that our women and children are living under the shadow of fear.”About 60 Hindu families of Babri Mandi had announced their intention of leaving the locality in view of rising incidents of eve-teasing and assault allegedly by members of the Muslim community.On Friday, Aligarh MP Satish Gautam and other leaders of the BJP visited the locality to take stock of the situation. The same day, Aligarh MLA Zafar Alam held discussions with several Muslim families and women of the community gheraoed the Kotwali police station, alleging “one-sided action by cops under pressure from BJP”. HT

Zakir Naik to India Today: I back Modi's quest to improve relations between Hindus, Muslims
In an exclusive interview with India Today TV, Zakir Naik said he is ready to return to India to answer all questions of govt  agencies but will not come back to the country just because the media wants him to be grilled."I have heard many allegations against me in the India far as being afraid is concerned... I am not afraid at all. So far, there has been not a single Indian govt  authority which has called me. Just because the media has labelled allegations against me ...I am not going to come to India for a media trial," he told India Today TV's Executive Editor Javed Ansari. "There has not been a single lecture of mine spreading hatred among communities. All my speeches deal with communal harmony. The media have done a devilish thing. They have picked up my sentences out of context...they've quoted half my sentences. And some of the clips being shown are doctored," Naik said.Naik, who is currently in Saudi Arabia, however, backed PM  Modi's "quest to improve relations between the two communities." "The present govt  hasn't bothered me so far. I have my reservations with the Indian media," he added."If PM Modi is trying to build harmony between Hindus and Muslims, I am all for it," Naik said.india today
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Parbhani youth nabbed for IS links, ATS  claims thousands on radar: mumbaimirror
Mumbai:Continuing its crackdown on Daesh supporters, the Maharashtra ATS on Sunday arrested a 24-year-old man from Parbhani district for suspected links to the IS . This is the fourth Daesh-related arrest in the last 10 days in the state.  Speaking to Mirror over phone, ADG of police and state ATS chief Atulchandra Kulkarni said, "Today's arrest is based on the information retrieved from the previous arrest in Parbhani. I cannot divulge more information as investigation is going on." ATS chief is camping in the Marathwada region since Friday, and officials said more arrests are expected in the coming days. Thousands of Muslim youths from across the state are on Daesh's radar, ATS said after seizing computers from some of those arrested for suspected Daesh links.Officials from ATS and a central intelligence agency believe that no particular region in the state can be zeroed in upon, as youths from Mumbai all the way to Nanded in Marathwada region have been radicalised. Mumbaimirror
Cops, Maharashtra ATS save 60 youths from going down terror path
Mumbai: In the past one year, various investigation agencies, including Maharashtra ATS, have prevented around 60 youths from leaving the country to join the banned terror outfit, Islamic State (IS). Most of the youths are graduates, engineers and marketing professionals. "Various police agencies, including the ATS, have prevented youths from joining terror outfits. We identified and counselled them to help them realize that what they are doing is wrong," said Atulchandra Kulkarni, state ATS chief. He added that their intention was not to make arrests, but to counsel the youths. "Many agencies are working towards this effort to counsel such misguided youths," he added.Most of the youths who had received counselling in Maharashtra are from the Marathwada region, said a police source."We learnt about these misguided youths' plan to join the banned outfit on a foreign soil and stopped them. They were misguided and radicalized, but when we counter-questioned them, they realized they were on the wrong path," said an officer from security establishment, requesting anonymity.TOI
SP accuses Maharashtra govt of misusing IS issue to spread fear among Muslims
Mumbai: Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi on Monday accused the BJP-led Maharashtra govt and police of "misusing" the Islamic State issue to spread "fear" among the Muslims." Govt  and police are using the ISIS issue to spread fear among Muslims," Azmi alleged.Referring to a claim by Shiv Sena MLA Rahul Patil that around 100 Muslim youth, suspected to be in touch with IS, have gone missing from Marathwada, he said the claim should be probed.PTI 
He was threatened to not accept that he is Praveen: 'Mother' Mahesh Devi, family members persist convicted JeM man Abid is their Praveen
Meerut: For 10 years, the family scoured through all leading newspapers daily for any information on Praveen. On July 1, mother Mahesh Devi saw the face she had come to fear she would never see again. The man in the photo in newspapers that day, police say, was Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist Mohammad Abid alias Fatte. Abid himself has denied he is Praveen Jatav. But, Mahesh says, a mother’s heart knows.“In the Lucknow jail, he walked towards us with a smiling face. I am a mother, I could see the teary eyes behind his ‘No’. He had been threatened and pressured to not accept that he is Praveen,” says Mahesh, who is in her late 50s.“They made us meet Abid in the presence of senior officials of the STF, ATS and local intelligence unit. How could he speak in front of them?” says brother Pawan, who went to the jail with Mahesh to meet Abid.Abid’s photo in the July 1 paper came along with the news item of him and two others being convicted by a special court for “plotting to kill innocent people in order to create an atmosphere of terror”. Wife Prabha says “I can never forget that day, May 5, 2006. Some policemen, all in civil dress, came asking Praveen to drive them to some assignment. When he didn’t return till the next day, we went to the police station. They told us Praveen had died in an encounter and that he was a terrorist.” Mahesh draws attention to the photograph of ‘Abid’ in the Hindi newspaper of July 1. Placing Praveen’s photo next to it, she says, “See, you see. Even you’ll say that this is my son.”Newspaper cutting lies in a white polythene bag, with other cuttings the family has collected over the years.The first of these is dated May 6, 2006, the day after Praveen disappeared. That day, one of their neighbours rushed to them with a newspaper that said police had killed 5 in an encounter, and that one of them could be Kankar Khera’s Praveen.“Police asked us to identify the body. It wasn’t Praveen. When we asked them again, the police said there were 6 terrorists who were trying to flee. 5 were killed and one managed to escape, and the one who fled was Praveen,” says Prabha. Shahnawaz Alam of Rihai Manch, NGO that is helping the family seek a DNA test to establish whether Abid is Praveen or not, says there are many loopholes in the police theory.“UP STF claims they intercepted a car and caught three JeM militants from Pakistan, Mohammad Abid, Mirza Rashid Beg and Saifur Rehman, with weapons,” he says. If police fired 39 rounds and terrorists 26, as has been claimed, why did no one get hurt, he asks.The chargesheet also states that the STF caught the JeM men when they were about to use a handgrenade. Alam asks how it was possible for police to have spotted them pulling the pin of a grenade in the midst of a gunfight.Alam also points out, “Abid told Pawan’s family he was arrested from Ghaziabad while the STF showed his arrest in Lucknow. Abid claimed he did not know Hindi while jail sources told me he writes fluent Hindi.” Meerut DIG Lakshmi Singh says she is looking into files of the old cases related to Praveen, to verift what happened at that time. The then Meerut SSP, Navniet Sekera, didn’t respond to calls. “Praveen has a tattoo of his name on his right arm, which was missing, but a scar on the right side of Abid’s forehead matches Praveen’s. Abid also has a wound mark on the same leg where Praveen got injured in childhood," says Mahesh. As neighbours attest Praveen could never be a terrorist, Mahesh says she will fight till her last breath. indian express
Another message from missing Kerala Youth, says 'we are safe in the land of Islam'
New Delhi: Almost after a week when one of the missing Kerala youths contacted his family saying that he had become a terrorist, a voice message has been received by the family of another man, Ashfaque, saying he is safe in the land of Islam. The message was received by Telegram app of messaging, in which the message disappears after some time. The message was sent by Ashfaque to his sister. He also asked if his mother was fine. Sources also say that other messages were also received stating that why their parents were living in hell. The family reported about the same to the police for investigation.  Earlier, message was received by Ijas Mohammad, one of the missing youths to his family stating that he has reached his destination and they need not look for him anymore. NewsX
Intelligence Inputs Warn Of Terror Threat Around Delhi: Sources
Chief of Staff Akar confirms in testimony putschists wanted him to speak to Gülen
Istanbul: Turkey's Chief of Staff Hulusi Akar said Monday in his testimony during prosecution that the putschists tried to make him speak to Fethullah Gülen, the leader of the FETÖ and the shadowy Gülen Movement.Akar stated that Brigadier General Hakan Evrim tried to convince him to talk to Gülen during the coup attempt, but he refused to do so.He added that he tried to persuade coup-plotting officers to give up their attempt before anyone was killed. dailysabah
Turkey targets media as Erdogan meets opposition
Ankara:  Turkish authorities issued arrest warrants for over 40 journalists in a new phase of the controversial legal crackdown after the failed coup, as President Tayyip Erdogan was to host opposition party chiefs for an unprecedented meeting.Over 13,000 people have been detained so far in a vast sweep in the wake of coup bid, which the authorities blame on the reclusive US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.Istanbul anti-terror prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 42 journalists as part of the investigation into the failed coup, Anadolu agency said.AFP
Amnesty says has ‘credible evidence’ of torture of Turkey coup detainees
London:Human rights group Amnesty International said Sunday it had “credible evidence” of abuse and torture of people detained in sweeping arrests since Turkey’s July 15 coup.The London-based group said some of those being held were being “subjected to beatings and torture, including rape, in official and unofficial detention centers in the country”.AFP
Who is Fetullah Gulen? Jonathan Steele, writer, foreign correspondent
Syria: Siege, airstrikes drive Aleppo to catastrophe
Aleppo: A siege imposed by the Syrian regime on the northern city of Aleppo coupled with an uptick in airstrikes and closure of hospitals are leaving the city at the risk of a humanitarian catastrophe. In February, the Syrian regime cut the supply route between Aleppo’s northern countryside and opposition-held eastern neighborhood. Two weeks ago, regime forces moved to cut Castello road, which links the contested city of Aleppo with opposition-held Idlib, imposing a total blockade on opposition-controlled areas in Aleppo.Anadoluagency
Civilian casualties increase as Afghan troops battle Taliban: UN
KABUL: Civilians are being killed and wounded in record numbers in Afghanistan, the UN reported on Monday, just days after one of the deadliest attacks ever in Kabul.Overall at least 1,601 civilians were killed and 3,565 wounded in the war in the first six months of 2016, the United Nations reported, as insurgent groups like the Taliban try to topple the govt  installed in Kabul after 2001 US-led military intervention.Anti-govt  groups, the largest of which is the Taliban, accounted for at least 60 % of non-combatants killed and wounded.reuters
Afghanistan: Surge in civilian, children death tolls
Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami to stage anti-militancy protests on Tuesday
The Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami has announced staging countrywide demonstrations in protest against terrorist and militant attacks in the country on Tuesday. A close ally of opposition BNP, Jamaat urged all of its units across the country to stage demonstrations on the occasion.In a press statement on Sunday, the party’s acting secretary general Shafiqur Rahman announced the programme and called on the people to cooperate with the party to make it a success.“On the one hand, militant and terrorist attacks are being launched and, on the other, the govt  is trying to divide the nation by accusing the opposition parties for the attacks at a time when a national unity is an imperative to fight militancy,” said the Jamaat secretary general. prothom alo
Bangladesh Jamaat for first time announces anti-terror demonstration tomorrow
Bangladesh Jamaat leader Quasem wants his hearing deferred for 2 months: thedailystar
Israel presents plans for another 770 new settlement units
Israeli-controlled Municipal Planning and Construction Committee in Jerusalem has presented plans for another 770 new settlement units as part of a project for 1,200 units in occupied East Jerusalem, Anadolu reported on Sunday. The latter is located in the centre of the illegal Gilo settlement in East Jerusalem and Beit Jala neighbourhood, which is adjacent to Bethlehem. According to the Israeli news website Walla, the excavations and preparation works for the new housing units have already begun. All of Israel’s settlement-colonies in the occupied Palestinian territories are illegal under international law. Despite this, the head of the planning committee, Meir Turgeman, said that no matter what happens politically, settlement construction will continue in occupied East Jerusalem and across the West Bank.Last month, Israeli PM  Benjamin Netanyahu, in cooperation with his defence minister, approved the building of 800 settlement units in the largest Israeli settlement bloc of Ma’ale Adumim, located between East Jerusalem and its hinterland in the occupied West Bank. middleeastmonitor
We asked Egypt for support in raising Israeli settlement construction with the UN, claims Erekat
The secretary general of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation has revealed that the Palestinians asked Egypt to call for a meeting of the Arab Quartet in order to submit a draft resolution to the UN Security Council against Israeli settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territories. Saeb Erekat made his comments in a press release on Sunday, wherein he also commented on the announcement by Israel of a new plan to build hundreds of additional settlement housing units in occupied Jerusalem.Palestinian leadership, he insisted, will continue to confront “the occupation’s projects through all possible means, until the end of the occupation and the creation of the Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital.” middleeastmonitor
UN agency voices concern over Israeli collective punishment in Hebron region
Israel’s policy of collective punishment in the southern West Bank came under renewed criticism Monday, in a statement released by The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).The UNRWA statement expresses deep concern about the “humanitarian impact” of the closures in Hebron and its environs imposed by Israeli occupation forces, drawing particular attention to their impact on Fawwar refugee camp.The additional restrictions on movement were imposed following attacks on Israeli settlers in the Hebron area on June 30 and July 1. middleeastmonitor
Florida club shooting not an act of terror: Cops
MIAMI: A shooting outside a Florida nightclub that left two youths dead and as many 16 people injured early Monday was "not an act of terror," police said.Police in Fort Myers, Florida identified the two killed as 14-year-old Shawn Achilles and 18-year-old Ste'fan Strawder, who was described by local media as a star high school basketball player.Police said they could not give a motive for the shooting but said "this incident is not an act of terror (as it has been referred) or terrorism."At least two people were killed and 14 others wounded when a shooting broke out early Monday in the parking lot of a Florida nightclub that was hosting a party for young teenagers.AFP
UK pub asks Muslim man named Islam to remove his personalised sweatshirt
London: A Muslim man in the UK was asked to remove his school jumper, which had his surname ‘Islam’ written on the back, as pub customers were feeling “uncomfortable”.Nurul Islam, a 32-year-old teacher, was outside the Coach and Horses pub near Hertfordshire last week, when the barman approached him. He was wearing a personalised school sweatshirt, which all teachers have, when he was asked to remove it as it was offending people because of the Nice attack.“A staff member came outside and asked if I could I take off my jumper because it was making some customers feel uncomfortable ‘after what happened last night’,” said Islam, a technology teacher at the Thomas Alleyne Academy.“I didn’t know quite what to say, and at first I didn’t link what he’d said with the lorry attack in France, but when it sank in, I was shocked,” BBC quoted Islam as saying.PTI

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